Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has been a wonderful little game. While feeling a touch shallow at launch, which I hammered out in our review, PopCap and EA have shown a rock solid commitment to the player base by providing constant tweaks and big DLC drops for free since launch.
Honestly, it’s been a pitch-perfect example of great support for a brand new shooter.
Earlier this week, PopCap and EA announced that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare would be getting microtransactions. Players will soon be able to drop real world money for in-game coins in order to buy in-game sticker packs.
We ran the news yesterday, and we immediately reached out to EA to see if we could grab some clarification from PopCap Producer Brian Lindley.
“Since the launch of the game two months ago,” Lindley offered back, “we’ve continued to balance the economy and provide a steady stream of coins and rewards through regular gameplay.”
Yes, absolutely. Players have complained about drop rates and the pace of unlocking, and PopCap has listened and tweaked accordingly.
Lindley continued, “We’ve also listened to the feedback from players through our social channels and other ways. We believe the game and our players are ready to have the option to buy coins, but also ensuring that all content and coins can be earned through regular gameplay.”
PopCap and Lindley, through a pre-launch discussion with us during a roundtable, have insisted that they won’t make any game changing moves without considering how they affect the community. Players will be able to buy coins, something worth discussion, but it looks like it won’t come at the cost of breaking the game.
As long as the tweaks and some free content continues to roll in, it’s hard to complain about the addition too much. What do you think?
The PC version of Garden Warfare, as announced yesterday, will bloom on June 24th. Gardening jokes, we have them in surplus.